Delicious Eats

Amazing Caesar Salad With Homemade Croutons


Salad Ingredients:

2-3 heads romaine lettuce, washed and roughly chopped

2 tablespoons non-pareil (small) capers, drained

Dressing Ingredients:

13 cup vegan mayonnaise

1 teaspoon brown rice syrup

1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

5 cloves roasted garlic

¼ cup toasted walnuts

¼ cup toasted almonds

2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes

2 teaspoons light miso paste

½  teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Homemade Crouton Ingredients:

4 slices spelt bread

1 tablespoon neutral tasting high-heat oil

1 teaspoon brown rice syrup

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

½  teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

½  teaspoon dried oregano


Place salad greens in a large bowl with enough room to toss with dressing.

For the dressing: Place mayonnaise, brown rice syrup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, walnuts, almonds, nutritional yeast, miso, sea salt and black pepper in a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until dressing is creamy and uniform. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to use. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let flavors develop.

For the croutons: Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cut bread into small cubes and place in a bowl. Add oil, brown rice syrup, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano. Toss to coat.

Place bread cubes on an un-greased, rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until croutons are crisp. Let cool before using.

To serve, toss salad greens with dressing. Top with croutons and capers.

YIELD: Serves 6-8

Note: Croutons can keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container or metal tin.

© Spork Foods, 2009

Spork Foods is a Los Angeles-based gourmet vegan food company owned and operated by sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg. They offer live cooking classes in Los Angeles at Spork Foods ( and online vegan cooking classes at Their cookbook, Spork-Fed, is currently in stores, with a foreword by fellow fans and sisters, Emily and Zooey Deschanel.